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The problem of “Ask and you will receive”

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Yes, John’s Gospel really does record Jesus saying “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete”.  And you know what?  If that was the only thing Jesus said – it might even mean what too many of us think it does / should mean.  But there are two problems with that line of thinking.


The problem of inerrancy

Someone asked a while back on one of the posts if I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. The implication was that no reasonable person could possibly believe such a thing.  After all – who could possibly believe that the earth was created in six literal days? Or that people walked with dinosaurs?  My answer would be something along the lines of – exactly where does the Bible say either of those things?  In fact – it doesn’t. The problem isn’t errors in the Bible – the problem is errors in people’s interpretation of the Bible.  If someone wants the Bible to say something – they’ll find a way to make that happen.  It’s human nature to do things like that.  And it’s not just with the Bible.   Look at statistics.  Having taken a few graduate level statistics courses and programmed several statistical analysis models – including for a motion picture studio and a US Navy contractor – I think I have a bit of a background to confirm an old saying – there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.  While they are purely mathematical in nature – they say what they say – the way people interpret […]


The problem of – With all your mind. Or not?

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Jesus added “with all your mind”.   That wasn’t in the Old Testament.  Was that an error?  A mistake?  Or did Jesus add the mind for a reason?


The problem of faith, hope, belief and knowing

This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

The concern here is that when we say things like we “know” certain things because the Bible says so, we run the risk of turning people off to the message we are trying to give.  Something that was meant to be caring and loving can be construed as something that sounds uncaring and insensitive.  I think we need to remember that we believe God meets us where we are, and so when we talk with others who faith isn’t as strong as our or maybe have no faith at all, we also need to meet them where they are – not where we are.


The problem of Either/Or: Free Will vs Predestiny

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Many people take one side of an issue. It’s an either – or thing. .But what of there’s another possibility?
No – not a third option, but the possibility that “either” and “or” are both correct.
Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Especially when people are so passionate (stubborn?) about the issue.


The problem of sacrifices and burnt offerings

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

We (Christians) tend to focus on the part about the healthy not needing a doctor – but only the sick. The part about mercy and sacrifice – I feel like we (Christians) tend to think this message was meant for the Jewish leaders – but not for us. Which is unfortunate.


The problem of “a Better Place”

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

What are we really doing when we say someone’s in “a better place”?
Being nice? We think so.
Lying? Probably.
Is being honest better?


The problem of “Fear of the Lord”

This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

This confirms what I’ve often said here – when we get our English translations of the Bible, the words used just do not get across the intent of the authors – they don’t paint an appropriate picture of what was going on at the time – the emotions and feelings involved – and therefore, we don’t truly understand or appreciate what the Bible tries to tell us.


The problem of “fear the Lord”

This confirms what I’ve often said here – when we get our English translations of the Bible, the words used just do not get across the intent of the authors – they don’t paint an appropriate picture of what was going on at the time – the emotions and feelings involved – and therefore, we don’t truly understand or appreciate what the Bible tries to tell us.


The problem of “handing it over to God”

This entry is part 22 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

Did you see it – if you can’t walk on water it’s because you doubt – because you don’t have enough faith.
And if that’s what you got from the passage – it’s unfortunate. Because that wasn’t the point.


The problem of a “pleasing aroma” to God

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

By now – hopefully the Christians who weren’t already aware of what these passages meant have now learned something. Something very hopeful, especially in times of trouble. For the non-Christians – I pray you have also learned something, and that this will help to change your view of what you maybe thought was a heartless God.


The problem of God “Calling”

This entry is part 13 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

So – the “Call of God”. It’s one of those church words. It’s used, with an assumption that everyone knows what it means. Or maybe, that everyone will figure out what it means. Or – maybe – it’s one of those words that is so polarizing that no one wants to really touch what it means,


Protected from the Bible – The Problem of Free Will

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

Free will means there’s responsibility attached to our choices. If there’s a price to pay for a given choice, the bill comes to us. Free will means that when we mess up, we are at least partly at fault. It’s hard to blame someone else for choices that we made. It’s much “nicer” to be able to say, “I was made that way”, or “It’s so-and-so’s” fault. We can absolve ourselves of all responsibility.


The problem of FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

This entry is part 12 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

When you’re knee deep in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original task was to drain the swamp. When we’re up to our necks in suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – sometimes it’s hard to remember the original task was receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


The problem of imperfect knowledge 2

This entry is part 7 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

I would imagine the scene above plays out fairly often. Someone is murdered. Someone else wonders – “where was God when … was murdered?”


The problem of Christian hypocrites

This entry is part 6 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

So then – we’re all serial killers, aren’t we? To expect anything else is to not understand our own need for salvation.


The problem of problems

This entry is part 5 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

It’s the same way with life. Too many extra things going on.
Figure out what’s important – focus on that – and don’t worry so much about the rest of the stuff. We can’t really totally ignore it – because we don’t want to get blind-sided by something / someone. But still – …